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  • Bisbee Police Department Operation Stongarden Slide Presentation part 1


    Operation Stone Garden 

    What is it??


    • Department of Homeland Security developed Operation Stone Garden with this mission in mind: 

    The intent of the Operation Stonegarden (OPSG) Program is to enhance law enforcement preparedness and operational readiness along the land borders of the United States.  OPSG provides funding to designated localities to enhance cooperation and coordination between law enforcement agencies in a joint mission to secure the nation's land borders


    Bisbee Police History with Stone Garden

    • The Bisbee Police Department had been involved and supporting operation Stone Garden since its inception in 2003. 
    • This support incudes, but not limited to, enforcement of State criminal and traffic laws, detecting and detaining undocumented immigrants, apprehension of illegal drug loads, highway interdiction, investigations, asset seizures and enforcement of the R.I.C.O statues. 

    Agencies that participate:

    • Cochise County Sheriffs Office (grant admin)
    • Sierra Vista Police Department
    • Douglas Police Department
    • Bisbee Police Department
    • Benson Police Department
    • Wilcox Police Department
    • Huachuca City Police Department
    • Tombstone Marshall Office

    Funding to date

    • Operation Stone Garden began distributing money for Officer overtime in 2003 not until 2007 did the Bisbee PD begin to receive equipment funds as well. 


      A short overview of some of the highlighted years and awarded funds:

    Calendar Year

    2007      FFY2006: $283,000 overtime and $24,491 in equipment Total $307,491

    2008      FFY2007:  $400,000 overtime and $105,617 in equipment Total $505,617

    2009      FFY2008: $134,400 in overtime and $75,000 in equipment Total $209,400

    2010      FFY2009: $145,600 in overtime and $150,000 in equipment Total $295,600

    2011      FFY2010: $145,600 in overtime and $47,400 in equipment Total $193,000


    Equipment Purchased with Funds:

    2007: One (1) VHS repeater and eighteen (18) P25 handheld radios.

    2008: Two (2) Chevrolet 4x4 Trucks, six (6) radar units, two (2) portable P25 radios, one (1) mobile P25 radio, decals, vehicle weapon security systems, and labor.

    2009:Video Surveillance/night vision camera, 6 mobile data computers (MDC) 

    2010: Base radio system/ P25 digital 

    2011: Six (6) Body armor tactical vests, six (6) ballistic helmets, four (4) Mobile Data Computers.

    2012: Three (3) mobile P25 radios

    2013: Two (2) Mobile P25 radios

    2014: Three (3) Portable radios tri-band compatible

    **AZDOHS advised that reallocated funds distributed for this grant has been awarded. This will allow us to purchase two (2) more tri-band P25 compatible portable radios***


    • The funds obtained from Operation Stone Garden and subsequent purchase of equipment has greatly reduced the amount of “out of pocket cost” to the City of Bisbee and its citizens. 
    • This necessary equipment is used in day to day functions within the Police Department, not only during Stone Garden 



    PSPRS Calculations

    • 50% - 80% Pension
    • Retirement Age
    • Membership Before 1/12/12
    • 15 yrs Service & 62 yrs old or 
    • 20 yrs Service
    • Average Highest 3 Years Earnings
    • Membership After 1/12/12
    • 25 yrs Service
    • Must be 52.5 yrs old


    • Minimization Pension Liabilities
    • Administrative Policy
    • Voluntary  Staff Participation
    • 56 hours regular & overtime per week maximum (16 hours of OT per week only)
    • Monitor Retirement Eligibility Window
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    Dear Public Media:

    This letter is to inform you that our company and our affiliates take misrepresentations by

    the press through omission and commission as slander, libel, and tortious interference in

    our business operations. Any agent of the media or media agency who commits even

    ‘routine’ ‘status quo’ misrepresentations of fact through the representation of ‘public

    opinions’ contrary to facts which have been provided will be met with swift injunctive

    litigation, and the media agent will be personally sued and his/her agency held jointly and

    severally liable for such actions, including any attorney’s fees, and financial damages

    incurred through such acts.

    The media can serve one of three general functions: (1) reporting of facts to improve the

    human condition; (2) unbiased reporting of facts only to report the facts; (3) boosting the

    ‘media businesses’ through sensationalism.

    We welcome an open and positive relationship with the media; and we suggest that its

    highest purpose should be to report on the facts of the energy business to improve the

    human condition.

    We have intelligence about the energy industry, and most of its states and branches, with

    depth of understanding about the pros and cons and impacts on the environment caused

    by oil production—which not only powers our vehicles, but is also used in many

    industrial processes, and in the manufacture of many consumer goods; both essential and

    non-essential to human survival; and the production of natural gas—which powers our

    cities at half of the carbon footprint of coal, lifting up the human condition by powering

    schools, hospitals and factories.

    We also know the reality of the net toll caused by little-cited impacts caused by

    renewables such as: ethanol, which as an industry, is entirely irresponsible to the

    environment. It takes less water frack the oil and gas reserves that exist naturally within

     the earth, than it does to irrigate ten acres of corn for one year, and the well may drain

    the oil and gas for one to several miles under the earth, and only needs to be fracked

    once. The idea of reseeding a food product every year, watering massive fields to grow

    that food product and then utilizing subsidization from the Government, to turn that food

    into a fuel product that can be produced from where it naturally occurs in the earth is a

    true affront to humanity. The food-product should be used to feed people: The water

    footprint utilized in the production of ethanol is wholly irresponsible; and the end-result

    is that the ethanol has a similar carbon-footprint to the gasoline.

    Many of the people who are opposed to copper mine expansion in Arizona, support wind

    turbine generation. They don’t realize that electricity is generated either by (1) a copper

    coil spinning inside of a copper casing, or (2) a copper coil spinning inside of a rare earth

    element magnet. With its international footprint, there are very few of the safety

    regulations that we in the US take for granted to ensure the responsible production of

    windmills, which has contributed to the dumping of cyanide into the ocean off of the

    coast of India, breathing problems caused from little-regulated fiberglass construction

    methods and nearly non-existent protections for the mining of Chinese rare earth


    Solar Power has not fared much better. From the unregulated mining of the raw goods

    employed in the solar panels, and industrial process to construct the solar panels—many

    Chinese cities have had to power down all of their industrial activities for hours and days

    at a time, to allow the smog to dissipate to levels that are merely toxic.

    All of these horrible impacts of the ‘renewable’ industry ignore the probable human scale

    extension event that will be caused by the nuclear power industry, and cost of human life

    already paid mostly by the Native American population of our country for Uranium

    Mining in the past. A large enough solar flare would disable the electric grid on a

    hemisphere of our planet, rendering the pumps that cool the nuclear waste stored at every

    power plant on that hemisphere to melt-down, covering 100% of the earth’s topsoil with

    unremediatable cesium—which in turn, will cause sterility in man-kind when the plants

    and animals introduce that cesium to the food chain—which in turn, would cause

    extinction of the human race.

    The media has a responsibility to lift-up the human intelligence, and condition through

    the exposure of these serious issues. We are open to talk about any or all of the issues;

    and we will be submitting a series of papers on the realities of the energy industry, and

    the hidden costs of all of its outlets to the environment and the public. We will not be

    part of a media circus.

    Ignoring any of the facts as provided by our company to run sensational reports that

    contradict the intentions of our company, and furthermore, disguise themselves as public

    opinions on fracking, when we have stated that we have no intention of drilling

    horizontal shale gas wells, and then fracking them as a completion method, will be met

    with swift legal action. We will not tolerate any media person or company that purports

    to be fair by ignoring our statements of fact, and bolstering their ratings with opinions

    that are not facts. We will litigate for a fair assessment of the truth, and hold all parties

    responsible for any ensuing damages.

    Interference in one of our proposed fields could have damages of up to $2.3 billion with

    over a Quarter of a Billion dollars of that that revenue being scheduled to go directly to

    the State of Arizona as royalty payments, with more being paid in as taxes. Net the loss

    of jobs and income taxes and it becomes bad business for the Media in Arizona to

    sensationalize ours.

    Our companies are in good compliance and have the good-will of all of the governmental

    agencies with which they are involved, and we are educated industry environmentalists,

    operating one of the better energy business models for the health and well-being of our

    natural resources, our planet, and the species that cohabitate it, under rational ideas of the

    net cost of the various energy industries to our planet and the survivability of its species..

    Chanel 4 Tucson, has already begun to sensationalize our business through the omission

    of facts. We told them we will not be fracking, and we were ignored to present the

    opinions of two people about fracking in relationship to our business as if we would be

    fracking. This report ignored many of the fair and factual statements that were made to

    the media in order to run the misrepresentations as to our intentions about fracking, and

    to run ‘opinions’ which directly defy the facts provided about fracking. Opposing every

    provided fact to slant public opinion is a media circus of slander and libel. Getting the

    public riled-up about issues that do not exist is bad journalism.

    I would be willing to meet with all parties to this bad journalism at the Arizona Inn, to

    give a thorough examination of the facts of the oil business and its value to Arizona. I

    would be willing to do a thirty minute or one hour interview with Mr. Nathan O’Neal. Or

    I would be willing to have the young ladies who voiced their opposition to fracking open

    for five minutes with their opinions, then have Mr. O’Neal ask questions for ten minutes,

    and open the floor to other reporters’ questions for ten minutes, with Mr. O’Neal as

    moderator, and then wrap up with a five minute closing statement.

    I am not as concerned about the format as the tone of impartiality. There is no scientific,

    economic, or other good reason to create frivolous, slanderous, derogatory or

    unsubstantiated news. We should all be able to have a non-confrontational, educational

    and respectful meeting at the Arizona Inn. The oil business is great for Arizona, as it

    create jobs and tax base which will help lift up the quality of life in the state. We would

    welcome the media’s help in lifting up these holistic qualities of the oil and gas business,

    so that we can truly take a loving interest in the world around us, and contribute to the

    enhancement of the human condition by lifting each other into an intelligent state of

    mutual grace.

    Respectfully yours,

    Carmon Decker Bonanno







    Carmon Decker Bonanno




    11 North Saint James Place


    Eastborough, Kansas 67206


    PH: 816-223-3172


    FX: 316-260-1960





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  • "Scores Attend Naco, SON Health Fair" by Serena Sullivan

    (Naco, Sonora, APRIL 5, 2014) Naco Wellness Initiative's health fair "Hornada" was a huge success, serving over 100 Naco residents. Free services included: physical therapy; dental and medical examinations; diabetes testing; a healthy cooking demonstration; and hair cuts for men and women. There was also a fun painting workshop for children, a raffle with prizes such as shoes and clothing, a mental health/Alcoholics Anonymous presentation, and dozens of  vegetable seedlings were given away by the Naco Wellness Garden Program Volunteers. 

    Report and photos courtesy of Serena Sullivan


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